"Winter" is a romantic suspence book written by an author by the name of Frankie Rose. What some of you may not know, is that Ms. Rose is the alter-eg"Winter" is a romantic suspence book written by an author by the name of Frankie Rose. What some of you may not know, is that Ms. Rose is the alter-ego of our favorite author; Callie Hart! I am very pleased that I gave this book a try, even though it was a bit slow getting started...once it began to pick up it went full speed ahead into hot sex and mystery!! This story is one that was not predictable in the least. In fact, there were more than a few times I was blown away with the reveals, and because of this, I was on the edge of my seat alot towards the end!
I don't want to get into a lot of details, because I would hate to give anything, or anybody away. I will just give a brief explanation on what our hero and heroine are about. So we have Avery Patterson who is in College living under a name that is not the name she was born with. She has many secrets, and she is hiding who she is; from everyone except her best friend. She feels this need because her father is a known serial killer; and she hates how people judge her when they find out. Avery has a lot of baggage..and I don't want to put Luke Reid in with her "baggage" but really...his is a huge part of her past, and he comes back into her life with some very shocking news regarding her fathers case. You see, Luke was the police officer who found her dad many years ago, and he was the one who told Avery about the murders...Their history goes beyond that though, as they are from a small town, and believe me there is a very tangled web through out this story. If you think you will figure things out...I am counting on it that you won't! I am usually pretty good at guessing during these kinds of stories; but Frankie Rose does a beautiful job of creating a complex maze with many twists and turns. Even better is the fact that the hero and heroine have a love story that slowly unravels...and the heat between these two is sizzling. One thing that this author can do is write a sex scene that will have you fanning yourself for days!!!An added bonus that I should add is that Luke is not only a cop; he is a member in a rock band. So far this band is small scale; but there may be a chance that they could hit it big! We don't get a huge glimpse at the band members; but I'm hoping that there will be future books more focused on them!!!Yummy!
My only complaints that I have when it comes to this story is the fact that it seemed very slow at getting started. I found myself at 30% thinking....SIGH... but once it starts to pick up, you had better hang on to your hat!!! It was well worth the wait for sure. My other complaint would be Avery at times. I felt she was often way too hard on Luke; and it got to be aggravating to me. In fact, at one point I was considering rating this book a 3.5 stars because she got on my nerves a few times. As the end of the story came into play though, there was no way in good conscience that I could rate this any less than four!
So, do I recommend this book?? Absolutely!!! Especially to the readers who love Callie Hart! This is a bit different then her other stories; but it is very well written and like I said; it will keep you guessing. I am very glad I gave this a chance..and I am hoping that more people will give this one a go. There is no cliff hanger; however I am thinking that there might be another book on the horizon..There is still more story to be told I'm sure!...more
I was so excited when I found this book, because I know it had a "Beauty and the Beast" theme. So , I dove right in to be disappointed in such a big wI was so excited when I found this book, because I know it had a "Beauty and the Beast" theme. So , I dove right in to be disappointed in such a big way. I almsot did a DNF, however I just had to give it a full chance as I was praying that it would get better. Unfortunately, it just didn't and here are a few reasons why.
The main reason this book didn't work was the "insta-love" that developed between the hero and the heroine. Annabella is sent to a man's home named Griffin Stone. Now, he is expecting his regular "whore" that comes when he orders her through an agency; whereas Annabella is under the impression she is being sent to Griffin's home to become his wife. When Annabella's parents died and left her alone, she decided to become a mail ordered bride so she could have an instant family and not be lonely anymore. What she gets is Griffin, who is a scarred man who many consider a beast. I forgot to mention that our heroine is a virgin, and literally from the time she lands on his doorstep; he takes her upstairs to screw her. Keep in mind, he thinks she is a whore..not a virgin who is expecting marriage. Griffin gets a huge surprise when the deed is done, and pretty much he is in love. Each page that goes on, he becomes more and more in love with her. Aaaaah...this is where my huge problem comes in. There was no getting to know one another. They had sex, and then were in love, and not just a little love; but all consuming--heart and soul love. Sorry, but unless her pussy is lined in gold...I'm not buying it!
The next thing that began to bother me was the inconsistancy with Annabella's character. One minute she is this timid, shy virgin; and then the next she is this sex pot trying to control Griffin. It just didn't fit. You either have one or the other...Or have the character slowly change over time. This book basically took place in a day, and believe me; the couple had a ton of sex in that short time, and became practical soul mates...oh, and I might add that in the 24 hour period, she didn't seem to be too sore...
You get the idea. I could go on and on; but I won't. My idea is not to bash the book, but I am sorry to say that it is one that I won't recommend. I think there was the potential for a great story; but it was far too rushed and no depth to it. It was a quick read, with a ton of sex. So, if you are looking for just a story with more sex than anything else, then maybe this one might be for you.. I sure would like to know what happened to all of the really good Beauty and the Beast books?? It seems that they are extremely hard to find anymore..which makes me sad as I love that fairytale!!!...more